Next month, the children will be taking a cumulative math test to assess what they have learned in math for the year. I wanted to give you a heads-up about the test and to encourage you to practice for it when you have the chance. The test will be assessing the following:
• Telling time to the nearest 5 minutes
• Adding basic addition and subtraction facts with 100% accuracy (use of fingers is okay)
• Adding and subtracting 2 and 3 digit numbers (just like the homework being sent home each week)
• Counting mixed change
• Making change from a $1.00 (something costs 87 cents, you pay with a $1.00…)
• Identifying fractional parts (shade 1/3 of a square, identify that 2/8 of the rectangle is shaded,…)
• Measuring and estimating objects using inches and centimeters
• Equivalence (2+___+5 = 5+5; 14+3 = 11+___; 11-___ = 6) – problems just like the homework sent home each week.
• Identifying cubes, cylinders, spheres, cones
• Identifying numbers on a 100’s chart
• Identifying even and odd numbers on a 100’s chart
Five minutes a day a few days a week reviewing a concept or two will make a great difference in your child’s confidence. Should you have any specific questions about what to practice, please do not hesitate to ask.
As always, please continue to read aloud to your second grader as often as you can. Briefly discuss unfamiliar vocabulary while you are reading.
The reading comprehension activities sent home in the homework packet mirror what we’re doing in school to prepare for the end of the year reading test. Please continue to encourage your second grader to reread and support their written evidence by underlining or circling the parts of the story that have the answer. This doesn’t work for theme (theme is the lesson the author is trying to share with the reader) or main idea questions (main idea is a sentence that tells what the whole story is about), but it does work for just about everything else.
Solon’s D.A.R.E. officer, Officer Felton, is visiting our room several times this spring to talk about safety and making good choices. She interacts with the children really well and they get the chance to ask her lots of questions about her role as both a D.A.R.E. officer and a police woman.
As the end of the year approaches, little things often come up about your child’s classmates and the things they may or may not be doing that are bothersome. Please let me know about these things right away so that I can be a proactive as possible.
Thanks for all you continue to do every day for your second grader.
A few reminders:
• Completion of homework is really, really important. The packet is sent home every Monday.
• Ask your child if he or she needs new pencils and erasers.
• Please consider visiting and sharing about your family’s culture and ancestry.
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